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Accident Information Exchange Checklist

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Accident Information Exchange

Accident Information Exchange Photo: Christian Guthier

When you’re involved in a car accident, sometimes knowing what to do can seem overwhelming. As with all stressful situations, take a moment to gather your thoughts and take a deep breath. Knowing exactly what information you need to obtain from other involved parties will help you stay calm and in control. (It also wouldn’t hurt to throw this checklist in your glove box!)

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Always make sure to get as much information as possible (more is better than less) regardless of who caused the accident. Never admit fault on the scene, sometimes we are quick to say ‘sorry’, even when something isn’t our fault, and that can be held against you. Once you are in a safe location to do so, make sure you exchange the right information.

Accident Information Exchange Checklist

  • Name.
  • Address.
  • Phone number.
  • Insurance company.
  • Policy Number (This will be on their/your proof of insurance).
  • Driver’s license number.
  • License plate number.
  • A written description of each car involved, including year, make, model and color.
  • The exact location of the collision and how it happened.


If the driver’s name is different from the insured, be sure to take down the relationship and name and address of each person.

We hope to never be in an accident, especially one involving others, but in the event you are, this list will help you make sure you get all the information you’ll need to report the incident to police and insurance companies.

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